Monday, 10 July 2017

Launching of French armoured cruiser Jeanne d’Arc on short notice according to the Dutch magazine dated Marineblad 1899-1900 no. 5

An item referred to the magazine le Yacht reporting that on 8 June at Mourillon the French armoured cruiser Jeanne d’Arc was to be launched. She was the longest warships and strongest cruiser with as dimensions 145,4 x 19,4 metres. The machinery consisting o 3 vertical engines supplied 28.500 hp allowing a speed of 23 miles. Armour consisted of a 15cm thick belt and 2 armour decks. Armament consisted of 2-19,4cm guns in 20cm thick armoured turrets, 14-13,86cm guns in 7,5cm thick armoured casemates, 6-4,7cm guns and submerged torpedo launchers.(1)

1. Preceded by the Pothua and succeeded by the Guedon-class. Laid down at Chantier du Mourillon, Toulon, France on 24 October 1896, launched on 8 June 1899, commissioned on 10 December 1902, school ship since 1919, decommissioned on 1928 and stricken on 15 February 1933.